Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. The 2019 Blue Star Museums program began on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ended on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019. Read more here. They also provided a letter in support of Blue Star Museums in 2018

The United States Conference of Mayors has issued a resolution about Blue Star Museums, urging mayors and their local arts agencies “to promote the Blue Star Museums program and to encourage museums in their communities to participate in this national program serving active duty personnel and their families.” Read more here.

Blue Star Museums Parent Toolkit: A Guide for Before, During, and After Your Family Trip to the Museum (created by Blue Star Families.

Blue Star Museums 2020 will begin on Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2020. We will be reaching out to previously participating museums in the Spring with an opt-in request to join us again. If you have questions or would like to be contacted at that time, please email

To see the past list of 2019 Blue Star Museums, click here.